Now that it’s fall and beginning to cool down outside, it’s time to get to some of those home maintenance projects you’ve been putting off all summer. Staying on top of your preventative home maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your home in good shape, and it can help you avoid even more complex and costly repairs later on. Tackle these fall home maintenance projects to keep all elements of your house in good shape throughout the season. You don’t need to spend money on a contractor to complete these 7 easy DIY projects for homeowners!
1. Clean Your Gutters
This may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fun DIY ideas, but it’s important to clean your gutters twice a year, in the spring and fall. Get up on a ladder and remove debris from your gutters by hand. Use a hose and a plumber’s snake to flush debris from downspouts.
2. Inspect Your Roof
There’s another reason why gutter cleaning consistently makes homeowners’ lists of fall DIY ideas – it gives you the perfect opportunity to inspect your roof. Look for missing, cracked, or damaged shingles. While you’re clearing debris from your gutters, look for gritty black residue that could point to the need to re-shingle your roof.
3. Stop Flushing Money Down the Toilet
A leaking toilet can cause your water bill to spike. Find out if your toilet is leaking from the tank to the bowl by putting some food coloring in the tank and coming back in an hour or so to see if the color is leaching out into the bowl. If water is leaking from the tank to the bowl, you should replace the flapper inside the tank. If the toilet is leaking around the base, however, you’ll need to replace the toilet.
4. Check Your Washer Hoses and Dryer Lint Trap
Faulty washing machine supply and drain hoses are a leading cause of water damage. Replace them immediately if you see signs of leaking, damage, or rust around the metal ends of the lines. Replace them every three years otherwise. Also be sure to remove lint from your dryer’s lint trap after each use. If material is left inside, it presents a serious fire hazard.
5. Replace Your A/C Filter
If you haven’t yet replaced your HVAC filter, it’s time. Replace your HVAC filters at least every 1-3 months, or every 30 to 90 days if you have pets, or if someone in your home has allergies or asthma. Replacing your filters regularly reduces strain on your HVAC system and keeps your indoor air clean and healthy.
These easy DIY projects can help you whip your home into shape for the fall and help prevent those unexpected systems and appliance failures that can cramp your style and wallet.
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